My research involves human subjects. What guidelines should I follow to avoid any misconduct?
Manuscripts reporting data from research on human subjects must state, in the Methods section, what formal review and approval was granted by the appropriate research ethics committee(s). The treatment of these participants must be in accordance with the ethical and other requirements. When dealing with human subjects, investigators must strictly adhere to the policies outlined by the institutional ethics committee(s). Some of the relevant policies include:
- Obtaining informed consent from all subjects
- Protecting subjects from harm and discomfort
- Treating all experimental data confidentially
The authors should also provide the relevant characteristics, such as geographical locations, age ranges, genders, medical histories (if relevant), and the number of volunteering subjects. In case hospital records were used, authors should include the subjects’ basic health information and vital statistics at the beginning of the study. Authors should also state that written informed consent was provided by each subject.